Faculty & Staff news


Dr. Melissa Freeman, director of the Graduate Support Center, presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 22. She addressed the topic “College Completion for Latino/a Students: Institutional and System Level Policy Approaches” with colleagues Magdalena Martinez, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Edith Fernandez, Nevada State College; Kristan Venegas, University of Southern California; Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, University of Denver; Darsella Vigil, University of Denver. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Michael Mumper, senior VP for Enrollment Management & Program Development. In addition, the topic was accepted by Jossey-Bass as a forthcoming New Directions in Higher Education publication, of which Freeman and Martinez are co-editors. Freeman’s book Baccalaureate Success for Vertical Transfer Students, was recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Cory Notestine, adjunct instructor of Counselor Education, was selected as the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National School Counselor of the Year.

Dr. R. Nathan Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, recently had an article accepted for publication in the journal Physiology and Behavior. He and a colleague and used voices from females recorded at different times of the menstrual cycle and assessed whether raters had a physiological response (skin conductance or heart rate) when hearing voices from women that were recorded during higher fertility times. Only the higher fertility voices elicited an physiological response, showing that the voices may have the ability to change mating-relevant behaviors. The article discusses the adaptive benefits of detecting vocal changes for male as well as female listeners, and also discusses the role that the nervous system plays during human mate assessments.

Dr. Brandon Wilde, asst. professor of counselor education, along with Ph.D. student Gregg Elliott and MA student Chris Ward, had a research proposal accepted for presentation at the annual Colorado Counseling Association conference in Denver. The proposal is: Counselor Trainees’ Perceptions of Competence in Suicide Assessment and Intervention. In addition, Dr. Wilde and Dr. Cheri Meder, asst. professor of counselor education, will make two additional presentations with the first cohort of Ph.D. students in the Counselor Education program regarding online and on-campus student learning outcomes and assessment.


Kathy Park Woolbert, adjunct instructor of English/Communications created the cover illustration for the book, The Jaguar Key: The Eternals-Book 1: Rosamond’s Story, by Katherine Starbird.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, presented research to USATF at the 2014 Podium Education Project on October 25-26 in Las Vegas. USATF is the national governing body for USA track and field and is a part of the USOC. He gave the presentation, “Control Your Olympic Moment: Key Findings from Lived Experiences of 2012 USATF Olympic Medal Winners,” with colleagues Dr. Rick McGuire, Dr. Ann Shadle, and Dr. Robert Low. He and Shadle also presented that work at the 2014 USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, Dec. 3-4.

Zuleger also received Certified Consultant recognition from the Association For Applied Sport Psychology at the 2014 Association For Applied Sport Psychology annual international conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-18. This signifies the highest standard of education and training in the psychological aspects of sport science.

  • Rita Mays – Extended Studies student advisor/recruiter
  • Melinda Viescas – Upward Bound academic skills coordinator

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